The Songs You Need to Hear This Week
Featuring new African music from Burna Boy, Ckay, Nasty C, Ruger and more.
Every week, we highlight the top Afrobeats and African music releases through our best music column, Songs You Need to Hear.
If you like these African music lists, you can also check out our Best Afrobeats and Best Amapiano of the month columns, plus our Best Songs of the Month columns following Nigerian, Ghanaian, East African and South African music.
Read ahead for our round-up of the best new African music tracks and music videos that came across our desks this week.
Burna Boy "Big 7"
The African Giant Burna Boy has announced his new upcoming album Burna Boy, titled I Told Them…, due to come out on August 24. Alongside that release he's shared the new single and New York City-shot music video for "Big 7." The Benny Boom-directed video features appearances from RZA, Busta Rhymes, Junior Mafia, and others."This song is a melodic tribute to embracing new heights in my musical journey," says Burna. "The title represents a symbolic aspiration to reach greater horizons, with the number seven embodying an attainable and harmonious growth."
CKay "Hallelujah" ft. Blaqbonez
CKay and Blaqbonez come through with theofficial video for their chart-topping collaboration — and song of the summer contender — "Hallelujah." The track, produced by Magicsticks, blends afrobeats songwriting with amapiano bass for an ultra-catchy banger for warmer days. Set in the bustling streets of Lagos, the video's opening scenes feature two young men on bicycles, playfully dreaming of owning a luxurious car.
Nasty C "Crazy Crazy"
South Africa's Nasty C drops another heater with "Crazy Crazy," a head-bopping tune that follows the release of his single "No More." It comes accompanied by an eye-catching that, among other scenes, blends girraffes, computers, upside-down desks and, of course, fly rides. Watch it above.
Ruger shares "Kristy," the second single from his highly-anticipated debut album, RU to the World. The new track is an addictive blend of afro-fusion elements led by Ruger's smooth vocal delivery. Get into the Kukbeats-produced track above.
Byron Messia & Burna Boy "Talibans II"
Jamaican artist Byron Messia is experiencing a significant milestone in 2023, with his track "Talibans" becoming a strong contender for the summer anthem. Part of his No Love project, the song's music video has already garnered over 36 million views. Now, to elevate its status further, Messia has teamed up with Burna Boy for a new remix named "Talibans II."
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